New entrants to the school can be admitted in the September before their fifth birthday. Please see the admissions policy below for details on our admissions criteria and the process to follow.
Once your child has been successful in gaining a place at Whiteshill, a series of transition sessions are planned during the summer term so that as a family you can begin to feel part of the school and to ensure the children feel comfortable and happy in the school surroundings ready for a smooth start in September.
We also run a buddy system where each new Reception child is paired up with a child in year 6 who they will have met during the summer term transition. The year 6 buddies will accompany the children to lunch and spend time with them out in the playground as well so that they have a familiar face to talk to during the initial weeks.
All reception children start school on a part-time basis, enabling them to gradually come to terms with school routine and not get too tired. For the first week, children are in until lunchtime followed by a second week where they stay for lunch and go home at 1.15pm. After these initial two weeks, the children are then in full-time.
Sometimes, you as parents may prefer a longer period of part-time attendance. This can be arranged on an individual basis when necessary.
We look forward to welcoming you to Whiteshill.